My English Mojo Be Weak

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My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by DepartedLight » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:08 pm

I've been an English only guy, for decades.

Was hoping to reconnect to the London Fog this autumn and winter.

I have had minimal success in enjoying any English for all of November and to date in December.

But, I am really digging me some VA blands like no one's business. And the morning bowl of Carter Hall with coffee; I just like starting the day with Carter Hall and coffee.

The Ask:

How long will I be destined to be English sour?

How can I miss a taste of what I now consider to be a less than wanted taste?
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Cleon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:24 am

I dunno. There's no accounting for taste sometimes...but...having said that, have you tried smoking it inside? I don't know if you smoke inside a lot or not. I find that the thick and meaty Latakia laden smoke hanging around and the room note is half the enjoyment of smoking an English blend. That, and carrying the essence in my beard all day.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by sweetandsour » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:47 am

DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:08 pm
I've been an English only guy, for decades.

Was hoping to reconnect to the London Fog this autumn and winter.

I have had minimal success in enjoying any English for all of November and to date in December.

But, I am really digging me some VA blands like no one's business. And the morning bowl of Carter Hall with coffee; I just like starting the day with Carter Hall and coffee.

The Ask:

How long will I be destined to be English sour?

How can I miss a taste of what I now consider to be a less than wanted taste?
So, when you receive that FMotT I sent you, feel free to return it. :wink:
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Cleon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:05 am

Woah! I started browsing for some old English and Balkans that I used to smoke. It's been years since I have had any Penzance, so I was looking for a tin.The ebay prices are ridiculous and it looks like it has become a hoarder's tobacco.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Bloodhound » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:32 am

Break open that container of Ten Russians and jump into the deep end of the pool. Go BIG or go home. Put your English in the pipe and smoke it like its 1999. :chili: :wavey:
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Cleon » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am

Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:32 am
Break open that container of Ten Russians and jump into the deep end of the pool. Go BIG or go home. Put your English in the pipe and smoke it like its 1999. :chili: :wavey:
This is good advice.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Hovannes » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:59 am

The English, remember, inflicted Lucas electronics on the world. That's enough reason to lean towards Balkans.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:02 pm

I’ve been there...


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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:04 pm

Cleon wrote:Woah! I started browsing for some old English and Balkans that I used to smoke. It's been years since I have had any Penzance, so I was looking for a tin.The ebay prices are ridiculous and it looks like it has become a hoarder's tobacco.
I’ve got some jarred if you wanna trade or something...


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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by DepartedLight » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:28 pm

Cleon wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:32 am
Break open that container of Ten Russians and jump into the deep end of the pool. Go BIG or go home. Put your English in the pipe and smoke it like its 1999. :chili: :wavey:
This is good advice.
You think I have any 10 Rooski's in la casa? Long time gone, homeslice.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by DepartedLight » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:32 pm

sweetandsour wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:47 am
DepartedLight wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:08 pm
I've been an English only guy, for decades.

Was hoping to reconnect to the London Fog this autumn and winter.

I have had minimal success in enjoying any English for all of November and to date in December.

But, I am really digging me some VA blands like no one's business. And the morning bowl of Carter Hall with coffee; I just like starting the day with Carter Hall and coffee.

The Ask:

How long will I be destined to be English sour?

How can I miss a taste of what I now consider to be a less than wanted taste?
So, when you receive that FMotT I sent you, feel free to return it. :wink:
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Bloodhound » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:29 am

Doubled up... :egor:
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Bloodhound » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:29 am

DepartedLight wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:28 pm
Cleon wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am
Bloodhound wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:32 am
Break open that container of Ten Russians and jump into the deep end of the pool. Go BIG or go home. Put your English in the pipe and smoke it like its 1999. :chili: :wavey:
This is good advice.
You think I have any 10 Rooski's in la casa? Long time gone, homeslice.
Good on ya :thumbsup: I find it to be one of those smokes that you start off going, "...gosh what am I smoking...this is...way...to...strong...I mean yummy...I think I'll smoke another bowl when this one is done.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:36 am

I know what you need...

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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Joshoowah » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:41 pm

I was pretty much an exclusive English smoker myself until about 2 years ago. On my desk right now is the following: McConnell's Scottish Flake, McConnell's Special London, McConnell's Ripe Honeydew, and Rattray's Red Rapparee. That's two VA's, 1 VaBur, and 1 English. I find that is a typical rotation right now. I have not had the sour English experience you are having, but it is possible your palate has simply changed. If mine ever changes like yours, my cellar is a bust.
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by JohnnyMcPiperson » Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:21 am

Also, DL, have you tried salt and alcohol treatments and a good reaming to all of your English pipes? Sometimes I find that heavy English smoking tends to sour my pipes.


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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by Bloodhound » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:06 pm

I was having the sour pipe issue with the heavy English blends, and I solved it with a quick clean of the stem...I was getting a residue/tar and it quickly became sour. I now send a pipe cleaner or two dipped in some Vodka through the stem and into the base of the bowl after the pipe is cool and the tar never builds up or sours. I just do this after three or four bowls
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Re: My English Mojo Be Weak

Post by DepartedLight » Tue Dec 11, 2018 9:55 pm

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GH Balkan Mixture.

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